This book is fascinating reading for any serious autograph collector. Written over 100 years ago, the author describes the challenge about obtaining autographs of famous people, often sidetracking into discussions of the famous person themselves. There are many fascinating anecdotes. The book also contains the facsimile reproductions of famous letters, papers, and autographs in the author's collection, printed on separate papers, and individually pasted into the book.
I was amazed to see the high value placed on poorer copies of this book by online booksellers. It is apparently a rare book. It is in excellent condition, tightly bound, with no apparent damage. The covers and inner pages are quite clean, and there is no foxing on the pages. The covers are cloth covered, and the spine is leather. There are a few scattered scuffs on the spine. The covers still have quite a sharp corners. All in all, as nice a copy of this book as you'll probably find.